Preventing Shaving Rash Quiz

Preventing Shaving Rash Quiz
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Shaving rash, also known as shaving bumps, can be a pesky problem. Learn how to prevent shaving rash with our quiz.
What's another term for shaving rash?
shaving bumps
Shaving rash can sometimes be called shaving bumps, or it can be referred to by its scientific name, pseudofolliculitis barbae.
mask rash
facial rash

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Which common skin condition is often mistaken for shaving rash?
acne
eczema
razor burn
Razor burn is a similar but milder condition than shaving rash. It can occur due to a dull razor, insufficient use of moisturizer or a shaving lubricant, or sweat and chemicals getting into tiny nicks.

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What is the primary cause of shaving rash?
sun exposure
ingrown hairs
Shaving rash occurs when recently shaved hair grows back into the skin, becoming an ingrown hair.
The cause is unknown.

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To help prevent shaving rash, what's a good thing to do before shaving?
Take a warm shower.
A warm shower is ideal because the steam will soften the skin and the hair, making the hair less likely to curl back and create ingrown hairs. Never shave completely dry skin.
Take a cold shower.
Make sure your skin is completely dry

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What is another advantage of using warm water when shaving?
It makes hairs stand up.
Warm water makes hairs stand up, which makes shaving easier.
It makes hair regrow more slowly.
There is no other advantage.

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Which direction should you shave your hair to help prevent shaving rash?
against the grain
with the grain
The best technique to follow when shaving is to move the razor in the same direction your hairs are growing, and not against the grain.
shaving direction doesn't matter

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What popular style of shaving can make you more susceptible to rash?
close shaving
Avoid close shaves and any shaving system that cuts the hair beneath the surface of the skin by lifting or pulling the hair as it's being cut. Hairs cut below the opening of the follicle can easily become ingrown. On the other hand, electric razors don't create as close a shave as regular razors and may be ideal for keeping a rash at bay. Scissors trim hair, not shave it.
shaving with an electric razor
scissor shaving

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Which type of razor are you more likely to cut yourself with?
a dull razor
When a razor dulls, its edge becomes slightly rounded, and tiny, imperceptible chips may form along that edge. This can lead to more cuts, and a greater likelihood of shaving rash.
a sharp razor
Dull and sharp razors are equally likely to produce cuts.

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What is a great way to correct shaving rash that doesn't involve razors?
meditation
massage
going without shaving
If you have a bad shaving rash and are able to avoid shaving for a few weeks, most ingrown hairs will eventually free themselves.

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If shaving rash is not prevented or treated, what can occur?
an infection
permanent scarring
If left unchecked, shaving rash can result in discoloration that can last for months, and in severe cases, it may cause permanent scarring.
nothing will occur

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